Liver Procurement for Orthotopic Transplantation: An Analysis of the Pittsburgh Experience

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  • David H. Van Thiel,

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    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery and The Transplant Foundation of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
    • David H. Van Thiel, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, 1000J Scaife Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261.
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  • Robert R. Schade,

    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery and The Transplant Foundation of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
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  • Thomas R. Hakala,

    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery and The Transplant Foundation of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
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  • Thomas E. Starzl,

    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery and The Transplant Foundation of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
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  • Donald Denny

    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery and The Transplant Foundation of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
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Abstract

The incidence of prospective organ donors in the United States and the techniques which are to used to guarantee their optimal use after identification are analyzed. Attitudes of the public and health professionals toward organ donation are discussed.

The organization of the Pittsburgh Organ Procurement Agency and its relationship to other such agencies is described.

Finally, the presently used techniques of liver salvaging and preservation are outlined.

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